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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 25, 2006 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most disasterour 'new direction' or 'redirection' any band took in their career

I really felt that the Shakedown Street album represented the beginning of (my) end for the boys...It really shocked all of us at the time (disco dead). Though I know thye did much that many of you truly appreciate, that was a huge time marker for me--defn end of an era that I thought began its decline post pig.

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Poster: not_a_typical_daydream Date: Nov 25, 2006 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most disasterour 'new direction' or 'redirection' any band took in their career

I think the Dead doing disco was more a push from the record execs, if you look back, just about everyone did a disco song. Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall Pt.2 is total disco,as is Abracadabra from Steve Miller and I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss and even the Who had a tune called Sister Disco. I think at this point in the 70's every major band was so high they probably thought it was a good idea. Me personally, I always loved the cover art to Shakedown Street. You know, the Freak Brothers motto: It's better to go through times of dope and no money, than it is to go through time of money and no dope.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 25, 2006 6:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most disasterour 'new direction' or 'redirection' any band took in their career

Yep--that artwork is nice. And from what you all have indicated, some of the latter live versions of the title track were good. I think there is a good one on the 87 show that Dire directed me to. The boys did have a big family to support to, so good point.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Nov 25, 2006 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most disasterour 'new direction' or 'redirection' any band took in their career

and Fire on the Mountain, hmmm, was it ever worth listening to? And "some of the latter" Shakedown Streets were merely good??? I don't mean to go Dire on you but did you ever hear the Grateful Dead live?

Going Dire, is this the forum version of going postal? No offense intended Wolf!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 25, 2006 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most disasterour 'new direction' or 'redirection' any band took in their career

Oh yes, and even heard Shakedown Street a number of times...sorry, I just was really taken aback when the record came out, and then never got over that (but you know my early era biases).

No offense taken--I know I am in the minority on this point.

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Poster: acetboy Date: Nov 25, 2006 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most disasterour 'new direction' or 'redirection' any band took in their career

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This post was modified by acetboy on 2008-05-30 02:19:57

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2006-11-25 18:17:40

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 25, 2006 7:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Most disasterour 'new direction' or 'redirection' any band took in their career

Didn't mean it so literally--but it was similar in sound, vaguely, to some disco music of 76-78, and it was labeled as 'disco dead' by all the heads of the day (trust me--everyone was bummed by that album when it came out--diehards, early era types, EVERYONE).